To mark his official visit to North America, Gérard Collomb, Senator-Mayor of Lyon and President of the Greater Lyon, signed a MOU with John Harthorn, CEO of MassChallenge to ignite cooperation between Lyon French Tech and MassChallenge. Lyon and Boston share common economic strategies: as international clusters in the life science sector, both cities value innovation and entrepreneurship. This agreement between the Greater Lyon / French Tech and MassChallenge will strengthen collaboration between the two cities in both the life science and high-tech sectors.
Already uniting Boston and Lyon, Sanofi / Genzyme have headquarters in both cities. Strategic contacts in these groups were instrumental in this new initiative. The Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, visited Lyon last September, further accelerating the link between Boston and Lyon. Thanks to the official visit to Boston by the Senator-Mayor of Lyon, Gerard Collomb, as well as a delegation of thirty start-ups and representatives of the clusters and the universities, a new stage in collaboration between the two cities has begun.
The agreement addresses the pilot program "MassChallenge International Bridge," created to boost exchange and investment in entrepreneurship between the two regions, and will kick-off in 2015.
For Lyon, the region hopes to further accelerate start-up growth by facilitating access to the network of expertise and investment Massachusetts, and all of North America, symbolize. For MassChallenge, Lyon represents a door to Southern Europe in their international development strategy, further enhancing their already active position in London and Northern Europe.
Gérard Collomb, Senator-Mayor of Lyon, and President of the Greater Lyon, shares "MassChallenge is the ideal partner and world famous network through which we can continue our support of start-ups and our international strategy. This is a beautiful opportunity to be seized by the entrepreneurs of Lyon French Tech; Boston is a catalyst of innovation."